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Attila

Attila or Attila the Hun (c406-453) was the leader of a tribal empire in Central and Eastern Europe, and was one of the most feared enemies of the Western and Eastern Roman Empires. He invaded Italy, but was unable to take Rome. He ruled the Huns from 434 until he died in March 453, after which his empire collapsed quickly.

Giuseppe Verdi's opera Attila, to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera and Francesco Maria Piave, is based on a play by Zacharias Werner. The opera, which has a prologue and three acts, was first performed in Venice at La Fenice on 17 March 1846.

A selection of M&V articles about Attila

Ensemble. Mixed Feelings - 'Attila' at the Verdi Festival, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Ensemble. Musical Credibility - Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's production of Verdi's 'Attila'

A Stunning Voice - A recital by Vuyani Mlinde impresses Robert Hugill

CD Spotlight. Aristocratic in Inspiration - Matthew Cameron plays Liszt, enjoyed by Robert Anderson. '... dignity and eloquence.'

Ensemble. An Icy Reception - Giuseppe Pennisi describes the 2010 Parma Verdi Festival's stormy beginning

Ensemble. Disillusioning in All its Grandeur - New York Metropolitan Opera's current production of Giuseppe Verdi's 'Attila' elicits a mixed reaction from Rebecca Schmid

Ensemble. A Fine Performance - Verdi's 'Nabucco' from San Diego Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Ensemble. Sterling Performances - Donizetti's 'Linda di Chamounix', heard by Robert Hugill

Ensemble. Fluid Performance - The Chelsea Opera Group's 'I Puritani', reviewed by Robert Hugill

Ensemble. Fire and Flexibility - Verdi's 'Attila', reviewed by Robert Hugill

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